The American Academy of Forensic Sciences unanimously voted Professor Zeno Geradts as President-Elect. Geradts is a Senior Forensic Scientist at the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) and chair by special appointment at the Institute of Informatics on Forensic Data Science.
He specialises in forensic image processing and biometrics and forensic big data analysis. He will take office at the conference in Baltimore in 2019 and become Past President when the 2020 conference in Anaheim closes.
As President-Elect, Professor Geradts will act as the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) official spokesperson, together with the current serving President. The theme of the 2020 AAFS conference in Anaheim will be 'Crossing Borders', inspired partly by Amsterdam’s past bid to host the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) conference in 2020.
In the framework of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Professor Geradts is also organising an International Educational Outreach to Brazil (Brasília and São Paolo). The programme will include a working visit to the AAFS counterpart in Brazil and the InterFORENSICS conference. In addition, there will likely be a meeting with the Brazilian government to discuss US and European ideas for strengthening forensic science in South America.